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Harold Larwood,Notts, Eng (1924-1938) Signed Centenary of the Ashes Card - 1932/33 Bodyline Pace Bowler

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Harold Larwood (Notts, England) Signed Centenary of the Ashes Card - 1932/33 Bodyline Opening Bowler
Nicely Autographed Official Centenary Card

The MCC party that sailed for Australia on 17 September 1932 contained four fast bowlers; in addition to Larwood and Voce, the squad included Bowes and G.O. "Gubby" Allen, the Middlesex amateur. Warner was manager of the side; he had captained two tours to Australia prior to 1914 and was a popular figure there.
Prior to the Test series, the party played matches against selected Australian teams. The intended fast leg theory attack was not revealed until the fifth of these games, against "An Australian XI" (including Bradman), which began at Melbourne on 18 November. Larwood dismissed Bradman for low scores in each of the Australian innings, . Hobbs, who was reporting the tour for The Star newspaper, thought that the bowling had shaken Bradman's confidence: "He was drawing away, sure proof that he didn't like the bumpers" The English tactics in the game offended the crowds and so upset H.V. Evatt (later leader of the Australian Labor Party, then a High Court judge) that he lost all desire to watch any of that year's Tests.The 1st Test began at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 2 December 1932, and was played in a tense and heated atmosphere. Bradman, whose discomfort and poor form against the tourists' bowling in the preparatory games had become sources of anxiety, was prevented from playing by illness. England won the game by 10 wickets; Larwood's match figures were 10 for 124, with only limited use of fast leg theory. The match's most successful batsman was Australia's Stan McCabe, who scored 187 in his side's first innings, attacking both the orthodox and leg theory attacks in a "death or glory" approach. During the match Hugh Buggy, a reporter for the Melbourne Herald, used the word "bodyline" to describe the English leg theory bowling. The term was soon universally adopted in Australia, though English sources continued to refer to "leg theory". The 2nd Test, at Melbourne beginning 30 December, was played on a much slower pitch that blunted the English pace attack.] Larwood was further handicapped by pains from sore feet, caused by a new pair of boots.Bradman returned to the Australian side and scored a century, guiding his team to victory by 111 runs; his success led many commentators to suppose that fast leg theory would thenceforth prove ineffective. The series was tied 1–1
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